May 28, 2015 Meeting Summary
Board Members present: B. Cunningham, Board Chair; A. Giardini, Chancellor; A. Petter, President;
D. Azevedo; J. Earthy; J. Francis; J. Hinchliffe; J. Kim; C. Lewis; E. Luongo; D. Poole; F. Robin;
P. Ruben; J. Taylor
Regrets: P. Sahota
A. Finance and Administration
a. The Board approved the Revised 2015/16 Operating Budget, including an allocation of the cumulative carry forward from
the year ending March 31, 2015 for expenditures in 2015-16.
b. The Board approved the Revised 2015/16 Consolidated Budget.
B. University Relations
a. The Board received for information the University’s Communications and Marketing Plan.
b. Fundraising Progress Reports: The Board noted year-to-date progress reports as follows:
Fundraising Progress Report
2014/2015 Year to Date
To March 31, 2015
Fundraising Progress Report
2015/2016 Year to Date
To April 30, 2015
c. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for the:
- Hamilton Family Endowed Undergraduate Bursary;
- Alyssa Jordan Endowed Undergraduate Award;
- Rosemary Brown Endowed Undergraduate Award in Social Justice;
- Dr. Brian Burtch Graduate Award in Criminology;
- Darryl Jones Golf Mentor Award;
- Lawrence & Gisela Albright Endowed Urgent Need Bursary for Biological Sciences Students;
- Paul Tang Endowed Memorial Entrance Fellowship in Philosophy;
- BC Ground Water Association Annual Graduate Award in Hydrogeology;
- Aziz and Parin Dossa Endowed Essay Prize in Islamic and Muslim Studies;
- Isao Asano Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics and Undergraduate Bursary in Physics; and,
- City of Surrey Memorial Employee Undergraduate Award.
C. Audit, Risk and Compliance
a. The Board received for information the Annualized Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment Report for the year ending
March 31, 2015.
b. The Board approved the Financial Statements of the University for the year ended March 31, 2015.
a. President Petter reported on a number of highlights in the federal budget. Enhancements in student assistance will
extend eligibility for students in short duration programs and increase the income threshold at which families are
expected to contribute to their children’s post-secondary education costs. There will be some new investments in skills
training, including support to expand the Mitacs Accelerate Program, which funds industrial research and development
internships for graduate students and post-docs. With respect to research funding, $1.33 billion over six years in Canada
Foundation for Innovation funding will begin in 2017-18 to support advanced research infrastructure at universities,
colleges and research hospitals. Forty-five million dollars in new funding will result in $267 million over the next five
years for TRIUMF’s world-leading particle and nuclear physics research, in which SFU is partnered. While there are no
increases in funding to the Granting Councils this year, $46 million per year starting in 2016-17 will flow to targeted and
market-driven programs. Overall, while no new cuts were made, research funding represents a decline, in real dollars,
b. The President informed Board members that the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard at SFU Burnaby officially
opened on April 17, 2015, with approximately 1,800 people in attendance. This project, made possible thanks to a $2.7
million gift from the Trottier Family Foundation, will serve as a hub for science outreach programs that already attract
54,000 children, youth and other visitors to the campus annually.
c. The President reported that a $1.3 million gift from the RBC Foundation on April 28, 2015 will establish the RBC First
Peoples Enterprise Accelerator and Awards. One million will support the next generation of Aboriginal leaders in
entrepreneurship and innovation in a program to be delivered by RADIUS in conjunction with the Aboriginal Executive
MBA, and $300,000 will provide $30,000 per year in scholarships over the next ten years, enabling Aboriginal
undergraduate and graduate students to take advantage of SFU’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs.
d. President Petter informed the Board that on May 14, 2015, the Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in
BC, endowed to the Faculty of Education and made possible by a $1.3 million gift from Russell and Ellen Cmolik, was
formally announced. The $50,000 annual prize, awarded in 2015 to the Surrey School District, will recognize recipients
who have developed and implemented an invention, innovation, or process that enhances educational practice in the
K-12 public school system.
e. The President reported that on May 19, 2015, the Hon. Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic
Diversification, announced $3,596,041 in funding for SFU and the City of Surrey to establish the ImageTech Lab, located
at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The funding will help the lab acquire an MRI and a MEG machine to examine brain function,
and provide significant opportunities to develop new diagnostics and treatments. Significant in-kind support has been
committed by Philips healthcare.
f. The President informed the Board that on May 22, 2015, SFU Engineering Science Professor Lesley Shannon was named
a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair for Women in Science and Engineering. Each chair
will receive $475,000 in NSERC funding over five years with matching funds from university and industry partners. The
SFU Chair was established in partnership with local software company, Simba Technologies, which is providing $175,000
in funding. The company, whose CEO is SFU alumnus Amyn Rajan, will assist with offering tours for girls and young
women so they can learn more about computing and engineering career opportunities.
g. President Petter indicated that SFU was nominated to host one of Compute Canada’s four new national Advanced
Research Computing (ARC) systems. This speaks to the computing capacity SFU has built and will continue to build,
as well as the University’s ability to engage researchers to facilitate shared access to ARC to deliver breakthroughs in
the sciences, applied sciences, and humanities and social sciences.
h. The President informed the Board that in late March he and Dean Nimal Rajapakse accompanied Advanced Education
Minister Andrew Wilkinson and Deputy Minister Sandra Carroll on the first leg of their trip to China. Highlights included
meetings with students in SFU’s dual degree programs at the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing and
Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou. While the CUC program is new, the one at ZJU is about to celebrate its tenth
anniversary. Visits were also made to the China Scholarship Council and National Science Foundation.
i. President Petter reported on his recent trip to Hong Kong in early May. He and Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni
Engagement Cathy Daminato were accompanied by Yuen Pau Woo, former CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation and Senior
Resident Fellow for Beedie’s Jack Austin Centre. Meetings were held with leading Hong Kong business representatives,
key SFU alumni, and representatives of both the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Vancouver
j. The President also reported that a successful Alumni Reception was held in Toronto on April 9, and the Alumni Annual
Gathering and Annual General Meeting took place on May 21.
k. The President participated in the May 19 Vancouver Roundtable “The Value of a University Education.” Copies of Doug
Saunders’ column “Why university should be universal” recently published in The Globe and Mail were distributed.
l. President Petter encouraged Board members to participate in one or more Convocation ceremonies between June 9
and 12 at SFU Burnaby.
m. Board Chair B. Cunningham informed the Board that a letter dated May 6, 2015 was received from Divest SFU around
issues related to responsible investment.
n. The Board Chair reported that he and incoming University Secretary Ian Forsyth attended the Canadian University
Board Association conference held from April 30 to May 2, 2015 in Montreal.
o. B. Cunningham acknowledged the service of student Board member Jesse Taylor whose term on the Board ends
effective May 31, 2015, and presented him with a certificate and token of appreciation.
p. Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research provided the Board with an update regarding key activities in her Office and a
report on recent research achievements. The Board’s attention was drawn to several matters, including: 1) the
opportunity for SFU to build on and further distinguish itself as a leader in Big Data by hosting one of Compute Canada’s
national centres in Advanced Research Computing; the success of the April 9th event at which there was a discussion
around the “Triple Threat of Innovation: Talent, Technology and Transformative Ideas,” attended by key community
leaders, including Board member J. Earthy on behalf of Futurpreneur Canada; and, 3) the impending launch of a
two‑phase process to develop the next Strategic Research Plan.
q. The Board received a report from Pat Hibbitts, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, summarizing the major
activities and initiatives in the departments within her portfolio as of May 2015.
r. The Board reviewed the report of Jon Driver, Vice-President, Academic, on various academic-related matters. It included
information about undergraduate enrollment for the 2015 summer semester and an update, as of May 28, 2015, on the
closure of Louis Riel House (LRH). Jon Driver also informed the Board that Nimal Rajapakse, Dean, Faculty of Applied
Sciences, has been appointed Vice-President, Research at Carleton University, and Dr. Aoife Mac Namara has been
appointed Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. Other decanal searches are in process for the
Beedie School of Business and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
A. Finance and Administration
a. The Board approved that the former Simon Fraser University Theatre be named “The Leslie and Gordon Diamond
b. The Board received for information a Capital Projects and Planning Program Status Report.
c. The draft minutes of and excerpts from the report to the Investment Advisory Committee meeting of April 10, 2015 were
received by the Board for information.
d. The Board received for information an update on recent discussions with the City of Surrey and Translink to remove the
Coast Mountain bus loop and develop a road grid system within the Surrey City Centre precinct.
B. University Relations
a. The Board received the fundraising progress reports for March and April 2015.
b. The Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement provided an update on fundraising in 2013/14.
c. The Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement provided an update on SFU’s 50th Anniversary Campaign,
The Power of Engagement, including planning for the Campus Kickoff on September 9, 2015.
d. The Board reviewed the report from Philip Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations on Communications &
Marketing and Government Relations matters.
C. Audit, Risk and Compliance
a. The Board received for information the Report from the Auditor for 2014/15.
b. The Board received for information the Internal Audit Annual Report 2014/15.
D. Human Resources
a. Faculty Appointments
The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:
- Dr. Jing Li, Beedie School of Business, appointed Tier II Canada Research Chair in Global Investment Strategy for a five year term commencing 1 Jan 15
- Dr. Eundeok Mun, Physics, appointed Tier II Canada Research Chair in Materials Science for a five year term commencing
1 Jan 15
- Dr. Leyland Pitt, Beedie School of Business, reappointed to the Dennis F. Culver EMBA Professorship,1 Apr 15 – 31 Mar 20
- Dr. Saskia Stille, Assistant Professor, Education, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 19
- Dr. Shira M. Goldenberg, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, 1 Jun 15 – 31 Aug 19
- Dr. Engida Gebre, Assistant Professor, Education, 1 Aug 15 to 31 Aug 19
- Dr. Pamela Stern, Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 19
- Dr. Alice Coleman Nye, Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, 1 Jul 15 – 31 Aug 19
b. Administrative Appointments
The Board approved:
- Dr. Aoife Mac Namara, Dean, Communication, Art and Technology, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 20
- Dr. Laurent Dobuzinskis, Chair, Political Science, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 16
- Dr. Alex Moens, Chair, Political Science, 1 Sep 16 – 31 Aug 17
- Dr. Martin Hahn, reappointed Chair, Philosophy, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 17
- Dr. Greg Mori, Director, Computing Science, 1 May 15 – 30 Apr 18
- Dr. Nancy Hedberg, Chair, Linguistics, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 18
- Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, reappointed Chair, First Nations Studies, 1 Apr 15 – 31 Aug 17
The Board approved:
- A 50% transfer of appointment from English to Contemporary Arts
a. The Board received the President’s Activities Report for March and April 2015.
b. President Petter reported on SFU’s intervenor status in the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings regarding Kinder
Morgan’s plans for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. He informed the Board that SFU has tabled its
submission and will continue to press the case with the NEB and Kinder Morgan to address the University’s concerns
about potential health, safety and security risks to SFU Burnaby raised by the proposal to double the size of Kinder
Morgan’s tank farm facilities on Burnaby Mountain.
c. The President informed the Board that the next Community-University Partnerships Expo (CU Expo) will be hosted
by SFU in 2017.
d. Other matters were discussed.
a. The Board discussed Government’s 2015/16 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions.
The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Room 126 of the Halpern Centre, SFU Burnaby.